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Boy who ran 100 miles in 100 days donates toys to Qatar kids with cancer

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Finn and family
Finn and family

After finishing up a charity drive that had him running 100 miles in 100 days last fall, 9-year-old Finn Froud has gifted 21 children in Hamad Hospital with boxes of toys and activity packs.

The patients were between 18 months and 13 years old and are currently being treated at Hamad General Hospital for various forms of cancer.

In a statement, HMC’s chief communications officer Ali Abdulla Al Khater thanked Finn for his donation, saying:

 “Finn has brought some brightness to children in a time while they are struggling with serious illness.”

Running for a cause

Finn, a Doha College student, had been motivated to hold a fundraiser after his cousin was diagnosed with leukemia.

He ran from May to September on three continents last year, and had initially planned to raise around QAR1,600 to buy toys for the cancer ward at the hospital.

Day 1 of Finn Froud's challenge
Day 1 of Finn Froud\’s challengeb

However, supporters ultimately helped him raise more than QR70,000.

In a statement, his mother Ann-Marie Froud said:

“The response to the campaign has been fantastic, and it was great to see locals running with Finn during some of the Doha legs. We had 500 people running with us for the final leg of the 100 miles.”

Speaking to Doha News in September, Finn said he was already planning another fundraising effort.

“I’m thinking about my next challenge – maybe I’ll do 100 miles in a wig next time.”

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